Culture and Inaccessibility. Moving from populism to elitism : the Titian campaign as case study
In 2008 the National Galleries of Scotland and the National Gallery of London joined forces for a fund-raising campaign to purchase two Titian paintings: Diana and Actaeon and Diana and Callisto. Painted between 1556 and 1559, for King Philip II of Spain, they formed a part of a series of six large mythological pictures. This dissertation will look at the tensions between populism and elitism present in the Titian campaign. Due to the small space available for discussion, I have chosen the Titian campaign as a reflection of the wider ongoing movement within UK cultural policy. I will expose the conflicts present in the type of discourse used by NGS and NGL to justify the expenditure of such large amounts of (partly public) money to preserve two works of art within the nation's art collections. I will also discuss the extent to which the populist claims made by the NGS and NGL in press releases were coherent with the reality of national institutions; that is, of inevitably moving between public and private interests.